Florida State used a late inning walk-a-thon to beat Virginia Tech 19-9. Thirteen Seminole batters would either walk or get hit by a pitch throughout the game. Hank Truluck led the team with three RBIs.
Drew Carlton started the game off on fire by striking out nine of the first eleven batters he faced. He was downright dominant on the mound through the first three innings.
Coach Martin couldn’t say enough about the freshman right-hander.
“It just goes to show you how good of a job Mike Bell has done with him,” Martin said. “He’s developed a change up and he’s had good location since he’s been here. Tonight he had everything going. He was throwing the slide and the fastball to both sides of the plate. It was a very good outing.”
Florida State got on the board in the top of the first when Taylor Walls scored on a wild pitch.
Virginia Tech took the lead back in the fourth when Florida State committed two errors. Errors continue to plague the Seminole defense who sit 238th in fielding percentage out of 295 teams. They added another in the fifth with an RBI single to right field.
Florida State put the first two runners on in the sixth inning before Hank Truluck sacrificed the runners into scoring position. Senior right fielder Josh Delph came through for the Noles with a 2-RBI single through the left side of the infield to tie the game 3-3.
Virginia Tech would take the lead back in the seventh finally removing Carlton for the game. He went 6.1 innings while giving up four runs, three earned, while giving up five hits and one walk with nine strikeouts. Dylan Silva walked a batter and threw a wild pitch before a fielders choice brought in the runner to make it 4-3.
Florida State took the lead right back in the seventh with a five run inning. Virginia Tech would walk in two runs while Chris Marconcini and Danny De La Calle would drive in one each with hits.
Virginia Tech would score three runs in the top of the eighth to bring the game to 8-7. The Seminole bullpen had trouble throwing strikes and allowed two of the runs via a wild pitch and a walk.
The Seminoles would blow the game open in the bottom half of the inning scoring eleven runs on just six hits. Seven Seminole hitters walked or were hit by pitch in the inning. The Virginia Tech bullpen couldn’t manage to throw strikes as the Seminoles emptied the bench. This will definitely help Florida State keep their nation leading team walks that now sits at 200 hundred in just 28 games.
Virginia Tech would add two in the ninth to bring the game to 19-9, but could not muster any real threat. Florida State improves to 21-7 and 8-3 in the ACC. Florida State and Virginia Tech will play the rubber match tomorrow at 1 PM. Freshman Cobi Johnson gets the start for the Noles.